Shooting at Chirnside Hall
Game shooting and Roe Deer Stalking in the Scottish Borders
Chirnside Hall offers a wide variety of shooting with pheasant, partridge, grouse and duck. Whether you are a full team of 8-10 or a small group with 2-4 guns, we can offer you the very best of Scottish shooting tailored to your requirements. Our established shoot is run by Christian Korsten with his keepers and a good-humoured, experienced beating/picking-up team. Chirnside shoot days are warm and friendly, offering you unrivalled sporting birds and countryside.
Chirnside Hall is a popular choice for shooting parties from all over the world. Many guns return to us year after year to enjoy our sporting-packages. We aim to provide an enjoyable and memorable day for all, from the novice gun to the more seasoned field sportsman. We can tailor-make a package for you and arrange everything in-house.
After a day’s shooting or hunting, your evening meal will be served in our private library where you can recount the day’s events over a good glass of wine surrounded by hunting memorabilia from around the world.
Driven Pheasant & Partridge Shooting
On 1st September the partridge season opens, and on 1st October the pheasant shooting opens; they both run to 1st February. A driven day is the more formal type of shooting. On the shoot day, a team of guns line out at pegs while beaters, under supervision of the gamekeepers and their dogs, beat the undergrowth to flush the game towards the guns. We offer driven pheasant or partridge days with a maximum of 300 birds.
For a relaxed, informal day walking over a varied terrain, we can offer exciting rough shooting days where the only thing expected is the unexpected!
A typical day’s bag includes pheasants, partridge, duck, snipe, woodcock, pigeon plus ground game, rabbit, brown hare and sometimes a few grouse.
The 12th of August marks the start of the grouse season, which lasts to 10th of December. Chirnside Hall predominantly organises walked-up grouse shooting but in good grouse years there will be some driven days. Grouse is often said to be the most sporting bird to shoot, and a day at the grouse can challenge the most seasoned gun. Our grouse shooting takes place amid the heather clad hills of the Lammermuirs.
The season runs from the 1st September to the 31st January. We offer challenging ducks shot from lake pontoons or from comfortable hides. Ducks can be driven or shot during a morning or evening flight; they can also be incorporated in driven pheasant/partridge day. Chirnside Hall has some amazing areas including woodland settings, natural bogs and secluded ponds with comfortable hides to make the experience even more enjoyable!
Being in a prime arable area means there are many pigeons. Shooting can be done with decoys on a flight line or roost.
The best time of year for pigeon shooting on the stubble is July/August and September, also February can be very good either on the rape fields or on roost.
Roe Buck & Doe Stalking
We stalk roe deer all year round: bucks from the 1st April to the 20th October, and does from 21st October to 31st March. The best months for roe buck stalking are from the beginning of April to the end of May and the rut end of July/ mid-August and September. The land surrounding Chirnside is prime habitat for deer as it provides an abundant food supply and a variety of woodland cover. Christian Korsten is a very experienced roe deer stalker; he has stalked deer for more than thirty years across Scotland and around the world. Estate rifles are available. There are many strategically placed and comfortable hides and high seats available for the hunter who prefers sitting over stalking.